(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ

2nd Annual Crosscurrents Lecture

03/21/2019 07:30 PM ET


Adult Programs


  • $15.00


Native American Art: Crossing Boundaries

Contemporary Native American Art is thriving. Join us for a cross-cultural dialogue between artists whose works are testaments to the fact that Native American art is relevant and continues to engage the public’s heart and soul. Artists Michael Namingha and Mario Martinez with moderator Elizabeth W. Hutchinson will discuss their art practices and the blurred lines between contemporary Native American art and traditional practices. The discussion will emphasize the topic of cultural crosscurrents in relation to native and non-native themes and inspirations. Also addressed will be the subject of landscape and how choices of medium frame different relationships to land for the artist or viewer.  Q&A to follow discussion. 


$12 members / $15 nonmembers / $5 students with ID / FREE for Rand Forum registrants

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Image of Michael Namingha

Michael Namingha is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist of Hopi-Tewa descent based in Santa Fe and is currently a member of NEW INC, an incubator program at the New Museum in NYC. His work is collected and shown internationally, most recently in Japan at the Tobinodai Historic Site Park Museum in Octopus Dreams, and at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in Conception, Abstraction, Reduction: The Art of Dan, Arlo, and Michael Namingha. He recently exhibited a series of photographically-based works at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in the exhibition The Black Place: Georgia O’Keeffe and Michael Namingha. See his work.

Photo: Clayton Porter. Copyright The Magazine.



Image of Mario MArtinez

A member of the smallest of six Yaqui settlements in Arizona, Mario Martinez is inspired by what he refers to as “the mythic, enchanted qualities of Yaqui songs, dances, ceremonial rituals, and religions, as well as the essence of Western European Modernist traditions.” His work Scottsdale Yaquis Generations is currently featured in MAM’s "Constructing Identity in America (1766-2017)." His work has been exhibited in 2005 in a one-person retrospective at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Read more

Photo courtesy of the artist



Image of Elizabeth Hutchinson

Discussion moderator Elizabeth W. Hutchinson is Associate Professor of North American Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915.  She recently served as an advisor for the current exhibition Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read more

Photo: (c)Barnard College







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